Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wandering Around Mihama

Felt like wandering around Mihama after lunch yesterday. It was a cloudy day with the slightest bit of drizzle, but I enjoyed myself anyway. It was very relaxing.

On a related note, I prefer shopping by myself, to be honest. I have no problem going with friends, but whenever I do, I tend to just browse rather than actually shop. I like to take my time and look at everything, so I feel like I would quickly bore my companions. When I do go with other people, I usually just "scout" for things and then come back another time.

I've never seen this shop before. It must be new! I should check it out soon.

Thinking about trying brown eyeliner for the summer.

Vast assortment of tools for achieving a double eyelid effect. There's glue, sticker, fiber...

I'm very curious about this! ¥1500.

I've been seeing a lot of DC and Marvel tees lately--is it because of the Avengers?

Pastel shorts!

I LOVE these bags! I'm going to wait for the mint to go on sale. Right now they're ¥3000.

The center bag would be great this summer! It's very big and roomy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fish & Turtles

Yesterday, Marcus and I visited the Air Park to feed our little aquatic friends.

I took out three large hotdog buns as we plopped ourselves by their home: a large pond with cloudy waters; tinged green from the cushion of algae underneath.

We were greeted by the fish first. As soon as they sense our approach, they swam eagerly--almost frantically--as close to the shore as possible, their mouths open, waiting for food.

The turtles came next. They were the cutest: they paddled their way across the water, little heads bobbing just above the surface. They kept their distance at first, but the bolder ones (the smallest, I noticed), soon pushed their way onto the shore to pluck bread from our fingers. The timid ones preferred to steal the bread off the ground.

Marcus fretted at first.


He was so cute. I appreciate him so much.

It was an absolute feeding frenzy. The fish dashed and splashed and stole from their slower, more polite pondmates (although I'm sure the turtles were just as eager... in their own way).

When we finally ran out of bread, it started to drizzle.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beach Barbeque

Painted my nails on Saturday for a barbeque party at the beach.

A lovely pink base with golden flakes on top. Both polishes are from Etude House.

The picnic started at three but Marcus and I didn't arrive until five-thirty... and by that time our friends haven't eaten yet (as we thought they would have by then), so we took a walk by the shore. Around this time I also had a chance to catch up with my good friend Dia. It was a very pleasant, quiet evening. It felt great to sit at the dock with the waves lapping at our feet and the ocean breeze gently brushing against our cheeks.

Dia and I at the beach. The scenery looks so unimpressive in this picture!

When it was finally time to eat, everyone gathered by the cottages and barbequed chicken teriyaki and fat hotdogs. There was cold pasta salad, too, and salsa with tortilla chips. There was rice, frothy mugs of coke and rootbeer... and lots of junk food.

Later, Marcus and I went home to cuddle on his couch. It was a great evening, and there was something even more heartwarming in our cuddles than usual. Ah, summer nights.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Goodies from Mom

Having just arrived back home from attending my cousin's wedding in the Philippines, my mom surprised me with pasalubong, or homecoming gifts. Whoo! Gotta love mommies.

Orange flats for summer! They're so cheerful looking. They feel comfortable, too.

Tees from a store called Artwork, popular for its trendy graphic designs and graphic design contests. Winners have their designs included in the store's next clothing line!

Another Block&White whitening lotion with SPF (16 this time). I swear, my mom can read minds and she knew I regretted not buying an extra bottle during my trip. I'm so happy!

This claims to whiten "in as early as 5 days" by "reducing melanin formation." Interesting...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Little Pink Bow Earbuds

New earbuds from the local Sanrio store!

I'm so delighted they match my pink rabito case.

Saw them yesterday marked for 75% off. I've been looking at them for a while but held back from ever purchasing them because of the ludicrous price. But yesterday they were definitely more affordable. Including the conversion rate, I paid just under $10. This was such great timing because my older earbuds are becoming tattered and haggard.

My Melody's cheeks light up once you start playing music. I've been using these without the plushie head (I'd feel silly walking around with it in public ), but it's cute nonetheless.

Picked these up before driving back home. They're Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wink for Pink and Maybelline's Volum' Express mascara in Blackest Black. I have the regular Volum' Express mascara and I love it, but it has dried out, so I'm excited to try the Flared version.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Pokémon Day

... So basically, I did nothing today but play Pokémon.

My new babies: Sunflower, Crystal, and Sapphira

At least now I have a shiny Mightyena, shiny Sceptile, and normal Salamence! The Mightyena was a total nightmare to catch, though--all I wanted was an adamant female, yet all I was catching for at least 2 hours were modest males!?

Amusingly, however, my shiny Sceptile took just one try. I wanted a timid female, so "goodness knows how many hours this will take," I thought. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! I took a step, encountered a female Treecko, caught it, and BAM!

Timid nature right off the bat.

Next time, I'm going to try and catch a shiny, adamant, female Charizard. Wish me luck!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Whitening Lotions

With the passing of Memorial Day this week, summer vacation has officially started!
Aaah... blue skies, colorful swimwear, ice cold lemonade, warm sand under our toes...

... blazing-hot sunlight searing into our face and arms...



To be honest, I'm very anal about darkening under the sun--more so than getting wrinkles or skin cancer. Call me vain, but I prefer having a light skintone!

So apart from slathering on sunscreen (in all seasons, not just summer!), I like to use whitening products. But sometimes, I get lazy and forgo the latter. Because besides sunscreen, why would anyone want to layer on products in sticky, humid weather anyway?

Enter whitening lotions with sunscreen! :l:

Personally, I've never seen these types of lotions until my vacation in the Philippines. Because first and foremost, they really are whitening MOISTURIZERS to be used daily to... well, whiten and moisturize your skin! They're not sunscreens with moisturizing effects, like what you normally find. There's a difference!

Anyway, I picked these up at Watsons. :f: I regret not buying an extra bottle (or two) of the Block&White Pearly White but I did get two of the Vaseline Healthy White.

I've been using Pearly White for about a month now. I really like it! I put it on in the morning, right before I walk the dog. It smells amazing--once, someone actually asked me what kind of perfume I was wearing! And the best part is that it's not sticky or greasy at all. I don't know what SPF it is, though. The bottle doesn't say.

Block&White Pearly White UV lotion with natural pearl powder whitens your skin from deep-down to bring out your beautiful fairness with a pearly glow. Combined with UVA and UVB protection, it helps to prevent skin darkening caused by harmful sunrays so your skin stay beautifully fair even under the sun.

Healthy White is equally nice, but the higher SPF gives it that distinct "sunscreen" smell. I don't mind it, though. I put it on when I need a little extra protection while I'm about and about; usually running errands.

The sun can leave your skin darker, uneven, and blemished. Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24 Triple Lightening body lotion provides three layers of protection that helps keep skin fair & even toned, in a light, non-sticky, daily moisturizer.

From what I can tell, both products have lightened my blemishes, and have expedited my recovery from tanning (the horror!) while on vacation. Of course, I avoid using these at night because products with SPF hinder your skin's ability to regenerate as you sleep.

And that's definitely more important than getting white!
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